Senate approves ban on 3D-printed, untraceable guns


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) ─ Senate lawmakers have passed legislation that would ban 3D-printed guns and so-called “ghost guns” statewide.

The bill would make it illegal to manufacture, import, sell, ship, deliver, possess, transfer or receive any firearm that is made from plastic, fiberglass or through a 3D printing process.

It would punish anyone who violates the ban with up to 10 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.

“I’m very grateful that the Senate has expedited this common-sense legislation, which addresses a loophole that has developed via new technology while protecting the rights of law-abiding citizens,” Senator Cynthia Coyne, D-Barrington, said.

Supporters of the proposed bill believe these types of guns are able to make their way through security loopholes and could go undetected by metal detectors.

“Easy access to untraceable, undetectable ghost guns poses a serious threat to public safety,” Diana Garlington, a volunteer with the Rhode Island chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America said. “Closing this loophole will make Rhode Island safer, and we hope the full House will move quickly to send this to the governor’s desk.”

Those who are against the bill argue that the ban punishes gun collectors who are law-abiding citizens.

A similar bill, sponsored by Rep. Patricia Serpa, D-West Warwick, is still making its way through the House.

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